August 13, 2015: Mets Complete Four-Game Sweep of Rockies

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Date: August 13, 2015
Mets starter: Noah Syndergaard
Mets: 12
Rockies: 3
Winning pitcher: Noah Syndergaard
Key player(s): Kelly Johnson, Curtis Granderson, Juan Lagares
Key play: Johnson’s doubles and home run, Granderson’s and Lagares’s homers

The Mets faced the Rockies on a Thursday afternoon at Citi Field. The teams played the finale of a four-game series. The Mets completed a series sweep with a 12-3 win over Colorado.

DJ LeMahieu hit a solo home run against Mets’ starter Noah Syndergaard with one out in the top of the first inning. Carlos Gonzalez went down on strikes and Nolan Arenado homered. Matt McBride popped out to shortstop Wilmer Flores to end the inning and Curtis Granderson drew a leadoff walk against the Rockies’ Eddie Butler in the bottom half. Yoenis Cespedes was struck out and Daniel Murphy doubled to drive home Granderson. Juan Uribe hit a double that plated Murphy and scored on a double by Kelly Johnson for a 3-2 Mets lead. Butler then got Travis d'Arnaud to line out to shortstop Daniel Descalso and fanned Michael Conforto for the inning’s third out.

Following a scoreless second, Charlie Blackmon drew a walk to open the top of the third. Blackmon stole second base and moved to third after LeMahieu’s foul out to right fielder Granderson. Gonzalez grounded out to first baseman Murphy to bring home Blackmon with the tying run. Syndergaard struck out Arenado to finish off the inning and Cespedes doubled to begin the bottom half. Yoenis went to third on Murphy’s ground out to Descalso and pop-up by Uribe was caught by third baseman Arenado. Johnson hit a double to score Cespedes and put the Mets back in front, 4-3. Butler then struck out d’Arnaud to end the inning.

Syndergaard set down the side in order in the top of the fourth. Conforto singled to open the bottom half. Flores flied out to right fielder Gonzalez and a strikeout of Syndergaard ensued. Granderson connected for a two-run homer to extend the Mets’ lead to 6-3. Butler then retired Cespedes on a grounder to Arenado for the final out of the inning.

Syndergaard hurled a perfect top of the fifth. With two outs in the bottom half, Johnson slugged a solo home run against Colorado reliever Scott Oberg. D’Arnaud fouled out to catcher Nick Hundley to end the inning and Syndergaard retired all three batters in the top of the sixth. Conforto and Flores drew back-to-back walks against Oberg to begin the bottom half. A sacrifice bunt by Syndergaard moved the runners to second and third base. Against the Rockies’ Christian Friedrich, Granderson hit a sacrifice fly to score Conforto. Cespedes followed with a single to plate Flores for a 9-3 Mets lead. Friedrich then got Murphy to hit a force play ground ball to Arenado and close out the inning.

Syndergaard retired the side 1-2-3 in the top of the seventh. Rockies’ reliever John Axford pitched a perfect bottom half and the Mets’ Hansel Robles surrendered only a walk to Kyle Parker in the top of the eighth. Conforto doubled against Colorado’s Tommy Kahnle to lead off the bottom of the inning. Flores hit a single and pinch-hitter Juan Lagares clouted a homer for three more Mets runs. Kahnle retired Granderson on a grounder to second baseman LeMahieu and threw a called third strike past Cespedes. The Rockies’ Justin Miller then got Murphy on a fly ball to left fielder Parker for the inning’s final out.

Mets’ reliever Bobby Parnell retired LeMahieu on a grounder to shortstop Ruben Tejada to start the top of the ninth. Ben Paulsen grounded out to third baseman Uribe and a walk to pinch-hitter Michael McKenry followed. Parnell then got McBride to ground out to Uribe and bring the game to an end. The Mets had a victory and a sweep of the four games with the Mountain Men.